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Mar 25th, 2009, 09:46 AM
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New ship - Norwegian Epic - with 100 sq ft cabins

Would you stay in a 100 sq ft inside cabin on a cruise? My friend's closet is larger than that! And aren't college dorm rooms larger too?



http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=3124
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Mar 25th, 2009, 02:47 PM
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No way! Reminds me of a line from Miss Saigon: "Use perfume to cover the stench. Thats what I leared from the French." In other words they use a bit of glitz and some fancy descriptions to hide the fact that you're crammed in like a sardine.
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Mar 26th, 2009, 05:12 AM
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I think a typical "standard" cabin is around 180 sq ft these days. Rather than the "shared social spaces", they should have a "shared sleeping quarter" featuring rows and rows of bunk beds like the army barracks you see in old war movies. Better yet, call it a "boot camp cruise" and charge extra for the boot camp experience. You'll get a drill sargent yelling, get up by 6, run laps, wash the deck etc. All that before breakfast. Shore excursion would be multiple 50 mile hikes with full packs and no rations.
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Mar 26th, 2009, 08:30 AM
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I just did a small-ship cruise in a cabin that was 120 square fee, and it was fine. The bathroom was even a nice size. But this cabin sounds really tiny, and I'm not sure it would work. I guess having access to a public lounge area would be ok. Easyhotel has rooms that are just about 75 square feet, and they hold one double bed, so it seems to me that 100 square feet might be possible, but you'd be really tight. The Pod Hotel in NYC has rooms that are about 100 square feet.
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Mar 26th, 2009, 01:01 PM
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As it says on the cruise critic link: “Would you pay standard inside rates for a smaller cabin that's more chic and provides access to a private lounge?” (Does having lights that change color = more chic?)

Norwegian doesn’t indicate if the price will be more/less/same as other inside cabins. However, since the announcement about the small cabins says that this area will have its own concierge for booking dinner reservations, I’m guessing it will be the same or more to cover the cost.

I can’t see two people in that small a cabin for the 5-7 day cruises. A single traveling alone might be OK because they could meet others in the “Living Room.” But I can also see it becoming a haven for college kids who are used to Lounges and dorm sized rooms. At the same time, with so little room in the cabin, will people congregate in their “jammies” in the lounge at night to view the big screen TVs?
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Mar 27th, 2009, 06:39 AM
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GBelle, you got a point there about the havcen for college kids and jammies in the lounge. Maybe they won't charge a premium for single cruiser and that's where the common social area come into play? Just imagine the party scene of a frat house on the cruise ship! At my age, count me out. If I am under 25, that would be a heck of a consideration.
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